Comparing Ruben Neves’ 2020-21 stats with Man Utd’s current midfielders

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It looks like Paul Pogba will at Manchester United this season, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to add another midfielder to his squad and the reports linking Wolves’ Ruben Neves with a move to Old Trafford persist.

According to the Manchester Evening News, United retain an interest so long as they can negotiate a reduction in the £40million fee Wolves have set for Neves, who was also linked to Arsenal earlier in the summer.

When asked about the possibility of the 24-year-old being sold, Wolves manager Bruno Lage insisted he was happy to have Neves in his squad but did conceded that “every player has a price.”

Here, we’ve compared Neves’ 2020-21 stats in the Premier League to the corresponding figures for United’s current options in the centre of midfield. Note: Lingard’s stats are from his loan spell at West Ham.

Goals
Bruno Fernandes – 18
Jesse Lingard – 9
Ruben Neves – 5
Scott McTominay – 4
Paul Pogba – 3
Donny van de Beek – 1
Fred – 1
Nemanja Matic – 0

Assists
Bruno Fernandes – 12
Jesse Lingard – 4
Paul Pogba – 3
Ruben Neves – 1
Donny van de Beek – 1
Scott McTominay – 1
Fred – 0
Nemanja Matic – 0

Minutes per goal or assist
Bruno Fernandes – 103.6
Jesse Lingard – 109.6
Donny van de Beek – 257.5
Paul Pogba – 316
Scott McTominay – 425.6
Ruben Neves – 446
Fred – 2,397
Nemanja Matic – N/A

Chances created per 90 minutes
Bruno Fernandes – 2.7
Paul Pogba – 1.2
Ruben Neves – 1.1
Jesse Lingard – 1.1
Fred – 0.9
Nemanja Matic – 0.7
Scott McTominay – 0.7
Donny van de Beek – 0.5

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Paul Pogba – 2.1 (67.7%)
Nemanja Matic – 1.4 (82.3%)
Donny van de Beek – 1.4 (73.6%)
Scott McTominay – 1.1 (73.3%)
Jesse Lingard – 1.1 (40.7%)
Fred – 0.9 (81.8%)
Bruno Fernandes – 0.7 (53.8%)
Ruben Neves – 0.3 (60%)

Passing accuracy
Nemanja Matic – 90.3%
Fred – 87.7%
Scott McTominay – 87%
Donny van de Beek – 86.1%
Ruben Neves – 84.4%
Jesse Lingard – 83.6%
Paul Pogba – 83%
Bruno Fernandes – 78.3%

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Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Fred – 3.0 (56.6%)
Ruben Neves – 2.9 (63%)
Donny van de Beek – 2.6 (65%)
Scott McTominay – 2.2 (81.4%)
Nemanja Matic – 2.0 (57.1%)
Paul Pogba – 1.7 (60.7%)
Bruno Fernandes – 1.6 (43.2%)
Jesse Lingard – 0.8 (61.5%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Ruben Neves – 2.2
Nemanja Matic – 1.8
Fred – 1.7
Scott McTominay – 1.2
Paul Pogba – 1.2
Donny van de Beek – 1.0
Bruno Fernandes – 0.8
Jesse Lingard – 0.3


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